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Three Killed in Route 287 Crash in Mahwah, Police Say

Police say investigation into the cause of the accident will take weeks to complete.

Credit: New Jersey State Police.
Credit: New Jersey State Police.

Three people standing near their disabled cement truck on Route 287 northbound in Mahwah were killed when a tractor trailer struck them Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

According to a New Jersey State Police tweet, three men reported dead at scene of the accident. 

"TT [Tractor trailer] struck rear of disabled cement truck on right shoulder. Men were outside of vehicles," the NJSP tweeted.


Julie Zier June 25, 2014 at 08:56 AM
I avoid 287… trucks build up speed going down hill and you better get out of their way
Hank June 25, 2014 at 10:10 AM
if you notice some of the micro manged long haul companies like Prime and CR England are using software that routes their rigs on 202 to save a mile or two to the Pilot Truckstop.
Nick June 25, 2014 at 12:06 PM
I have noticed that Hank, because that's my daily route. Nothing more frustrating than getting stuck behind a big rig that can't handle the turns on 202. I guess that would become even more common if they build the mall since there will be a lot more truck traffic in the area for daily deliveries. GPS will route them on the local roads.
brwniz73 June 25, 2014 at 07:22 PM
I definitely understand what you are saying about the trucks, but in their defense Rt287 was built purposely for tractor tailors (so they didn't have to use RT17; 202 etc.) Unfortunately, it is an easy and quicker commute for everyone also. That doesn't give them the right to "bully" the cars...God knows I've had plenty of scares, with my children in the car with me!!! Although it is a law that a TT driver aren't supposed to drive passed a certain amount of hours, we all know some do. It is truly sad, I wouldn't want to be in the shoes of a driver, trying to meet a time delivery, working hard, trying to make a living and something so tragic happening like a deadly car accident. I don't know what the solution is, but I do know that changes need to be made! I can't imagine what a driver must go through after surviving a deadly car crash! I pray for all TT drivers, esp those who feel the need to continue to drive even though they are tired! I am NOT saying this was the cause of what happened on Tuesday....My thoughts and prayers go out to ALL of the individuals involved and all of their families... Truly is a very sad situation!!!
Mike Kelly June 28, 2014 at 10:49 AM
Part of the problem is company's paying these guys by the mile. The faster they go, the more money they make. I drive for Buster brown and they call us that for a reason. I usually wont go past 60 on a great day and I work nights. I get paid by the hour so there is no rush as far as Im concerned. Not to say that we dont have guys that speed around, although I dont know why, I think its a better way of doing things.

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